Review : NOTA – Confusing Political drama

Friday, October 5th, 2018, 02:52:31 PM IST

Vijay Deverakonda, who is going great guns with the super success of Geetha Govindam is back with political drama, NOTA. Touted to be an intense drama, this bilingual has hit the screens today. Let’s check whether it reaches the expectations or not.


Varun (Vijay Deverakonda), an easy going guy will take charge as the state Chief Minister as per his father’s orders, who is the current CM (Nasser plays hero’s father role). Why will Nasser announce Varun as the new CM of the state? Is there any hidden agenda behind his move? What will Varun do to make his mark as a young CM? Will he succeed as the public leader or fail miserably? How will he handle the dark shaded political environment? To know this, you have to watch the film on the big screen.


Vijay Deverakonda is picking interesting projects in different genres. He has tried his luck with a political drama which has decent content but fails to create magic with same old routine scenes and not-so-engaging narration.

Director Anand Shankar’s idea of presenting a political story with a happening star to reach youth audience is appreciable but his narration, scene expansion, and characters establishment have gone totally wrong.

The first half of the film runs on a decent note with an interval block where Varun transforms as a Rowdy CM is good and raises expectations on the latter half. But sadly, the second half falls flat with unconvincing proceedings. Too many subplots in the latter half will confuse the audience and that plays the spoiler part here.

Heroine Mehreen’s role has absolutely nothing to do with the plot. Surprisingly, the film lacks a proper track between the lead pair as both the hero and heroine hardly meet 2-3 times. Senior actors Nasser and Satyaraj are okay in their roles. Too much Tamil flavour is another major drawback for the film.


Basic plot

Interval block


Unengaging narration

Tamil nativity

Missing Vijay Deverakonda’s swag


All in all, NOTA is a serious political drama which tried to expose many issues but none of them were addressed effectively. The film may disappoint Vijay Deverakonda’s fans who step in the theaters with sky-high expectations and will end up as a below average fare at the box office.

Rating : 2.5/5